February is Heart Health Month

Is your Heart Healthy?

DirectLabs is having a sale on cardio panels for the month of February.  (February is Heart Health Month.)  You can order now, and have the lab drawn anytime in the next 6 months.  No doctor needed, no appointments necessary, and you get your results in 2 days!

Here are the panels DirectLabs is offering at discounted prices:

Lipid Profile – This is a group of simple blood tests that reveal important information about the types, amount and distribution of the various types of fats (lipids) in the bloodstream.  Tests Included:  Cholesterol, Total –
HDL (good) Cholesterol – LDL (bad) Cholesterol – Risk Ratio (good to total) – Triglycerides

Only $19

Regular price $29

 

CardioPlus –Tests Included:  Lipids: This is a group of simple blood tests that reveal important information about the types, amount and distribution of the various types of fats (lipids) in the bloodstream. Includes Total Cholesterol, HDL (good) Cholesterol, vLDL (very low density LDL, LDL (bad) Cholesterol, Risk Ratio (good to total), and Triglycerides.
Fluids and Electrolytes: Includes Chloride, Potassium and Sodium.
Liver: Includes Albumin, Alkaline Phosphatase, Alanine Transaminase (ALT or SGPT), Aspartate Transaminase (AST or SGOT), Total Protein, LDH, Total Globulin, Albumin/Globulin Ratio, and GGT.
Kidney: Includes Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN), Creatinine, BUN/Creatinine Ratio, eGFR, and Uric Acid.
Glucose
Mineral and Bone: Total Iron, Calcium, and Phosphorus.

Only $29

 Regular Price: $45

 

NMR – The NMR LipoProfile® test is an advanced cardiovascular diagnostic test that uses nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to measure the actual number of atherogenic LDL particles that build up in the arteries causing heart disease. This test includes: Insulin resistance calculation, lipoprotein particle number, lipoprotein subfractions, and a standard lipid panel (total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides).
Only $89

Regular Price: $127

 

CardioPlus Advantage – Tests Included: Lipids: This is a group of simple blood tests that reveal important information about the types, amount and distribution of the various types of fats (lipids) in the bloodstream. Includes Total Cholesterol, HDL (good) Cholesterol, vLDL (very low density LDL), LDL (bad) Cholesterol, Risk Ratio (good to total), and Triglycerides.

Fluids and Electrolytes: Includes Chloride, Potassium, and Sodium.

Liver: Includes Albumin, Alkaline Phosphatase, Alanine Transaminase (ALT or SGPT), Aspartate Transaminase (AST or SGOT), Total Protein, LDH, Total Globulin, Albumin/Globulin Ratio, and GGT.

Kidney: Includes Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN), Creatinine, BUN/Creatinine Ratio, eGFR, and Uric Acid.

Cardio C-Reactive Protein, highly sensitive (CRP,hs): A high or increasing amount of CRP in your blood suggests that you have an acute infection or inflammation. Because CRP increases in cases of inflammation, the test is ordered when acute inflammation is a risk (such as from an infection after surgery) or suspected based on patient symptoms. It is also ordered to help diagnose conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. The blood tests may be repeated often to learn whether treatment of an inflammatory disease is effective (CRP levels drop as inflammation subsides). C-Reactive protein is a substance in the blood that indicates the presence of inflammation and could warn of a heart attack in advance. Elevated amounts of the protein in men may triple their risk for heart attack and double their risk for stroke, whereas elevated amounts in women can increase their heart attack risk up to seven times. Cardio (also specific or high sensitivity) C-Reactive Protein is a marker of inflammation to the blood vessels and a strong predictor of risk for future myocardial infarctions.

Homocysteine: The amino acid, Homocysteine, plays a role in destroying the lining of your artery walls, promoting the formation of blood clots, and also accelerates the buildup of scar tissue. High levels may increase the chance of heart disease and stroke, especially if you have other risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, or family history. Critical to your metabolism, thyroid function affects your energy level, heart rate, weight control, plus more.
Only $99

Regular Price: $149

To learn more go here: https://www.directlabs.com/default.aspx?tabid=2492

 

Every bite we take matters! If our food contains phytonutrients, it can repair damage to our cells or even prevent it. But if our food is loaded with preservatives, trans fats, and sugars, this can speed up arterial plaque growth. What we eat affects our heart health!

Strive to eat 5 cups of non-starchy vegetables each day! Some great examples are: Artichoke, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, fennel, green bean, & red bell pepper. Eat a wide variety of colors to take in maximum antioxidants. Examples are: Blueberries, tomatoes, kale & butternut squash. Add in healthy fats and protein to help lower cholesterol. Examples would be: Nuts, seeds, fish, coconut oil, flaxseeds, chia seeds, sardines & salmon.  If you have a heart condition, you may want to take supplements to protect your heart.

Top 10 Nutrient Supplements for Heart Health:
1. CoQ10, especially if you are on a statin!
2. D-Ribose
3. Magnesium
4. Omega 3s
5. Vitamin C
6. Vitamin D3
7. Curcumin
8. Resveratrol
9. Garlic
10. Vitamin K2

Exercise and stress management are also great tools to help reduce heart disease.

So what do all these tests and your results mean?  Where should your numbers fall to have optimal health?  Give me a call to set up a FREE Health Consultation to go over your health history and see if my services can help to bring your heart back to optimal function.  717-781-7098 ~ Transformation@AmandaGoodwin.Biz

**Disclaimer:  The information provided in this blog/website is a general guideline and should be viewed as such.  Before trying any new supplement, exercise program or dietary lifestyle, check with your doctor first. I am not a doctor and cannot diagnose or treat any disease. 

(Resource: TasteForLife Magazine– February 2015)